“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
Jacqueline Kennedy

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”
Walt Disney


The response to the first 50 Most Inspirational Books for Children has been incredible! Clearly, there was a need for it. Through the research that I was doing, this has really become a labor of love for me. I am passionate about the importance of getting kids to love books early on. Not only are they expanding their skills and knowledge, but also acquiring that lifelong love of learning.  When we expose our kids to a variety of positive and inspirational content early and on a regular basis, we can make a profound difference in their lives and help encourage a growth mindset.

Here’s to making a difference! One book at a time.

I have found many wonderful books through your suggestions after my original list. So please continue to add your favorite inspirational books in the comment section below.


(in alphabetical order)

1. A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza

2. A Mother’s Promise by Lisa Humphrey

3. All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant

4. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

5. An Awesome Book of Love by Dallas Clayton

6. Bagels for Benny by Aubrey Davis

7. Chloe, Instead by Micah Player

8. Clarice Bean, What Planet Are You From? By Lauren Child

9. Dreams to Grow On by Christine Hurley Deriso

10. Every Little Thing by Cedella Marley

11. Feathers and Fools by Mem Fox

12. Four Feet Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed

13. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

14. Give a Goat by Jan West Schrock

15. Green Smoothie Magic by Victoria Boutenko

16. Here Come the Girl Scouts! By Shana Corey

17. How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath

18. I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn

19. I Like Myself! By Karen Beaumont

20. In the Garden with Dr. Carver by Susan Grigsby

21. Is There Really a Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis

22. It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate

23. Kathryn the Grape: Just Like Magic by Kathryn Cloward and Jody Duhamel

24. Kiki’s Hats by Warren Hanson

25. Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne Jones

26. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou

27. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

28. Love You When by Linda Kranz

29. Ms.Rumphious by Barbara Cooney

30. Old Turtle by Douglas Wood

31. One Hen—How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway

32. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

33. Say Something by Peggy Moss

34. Seeds of Change: Wangari’s Gift to the World by Jen Cullerton Johnson

35. Some Dogs Do by Jez Alborough

36. Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs by Michaela Muntean

37. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

38. Tear Soup (A Recipe for Healing after Loss) by Pat Schwiebert

39. The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco

40. The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

41. The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

42. The Little Soul and the Sun: A Children’s Parable Adapted from Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch

43. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

44. The Smile That Went Around the World by Patrice Karst

45. The Story of Jumping Mouse by John Steptoe

46. Unstoppable Me: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life by Dr. Wayne Dyer

47. Weird! by Erin Frankel

48. What Is God? by Etan Boritzer

49. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

50. You Are Special by Max Lucado


Julie Handler is a co-founder of Positively Positive. Follow Julie on TWITTER.

*Above featured image taken by me of my two daughters